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Why do I get lifting around the cuticle on my acrylics?

Q.

I have problems with acrylic lifting. I have very good prep and can find no problems with my application. The only thing I can come up with is maybe I put the apex in the wrong spot. I put my apex in the middle of the nail, not necessarily on the spot on the natural nail where the free edge joins the nail bed. Is this the reason why I get lifting around the cuticle? It seems if I put the apex back further (if the nails are long) then they will look a bit silly.

A.

Placing the apex in the wrong spot on the nail does not necessarily cause lifting. The apex should be over the center of the nail where the free edge is, but lifting is generally caused by two things. One is prep, of course, and I would have a seasoned nail tech evaluate your prep technique just to make sure you are doing it correctly. And second is an inexperienced application technique that places the product too close to the cuticle area. Less is more in this case, so you want to be extra careful to make sure your product doesn’t run onto the cuticle. — Vicki Peters

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